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EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne
Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.
The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).
In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.
This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.
Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.
The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.
The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.
Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.
The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.
Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.
The Welsh Cup is now a double elimination knockout leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
Stanza Greens: not only do you get Green Points for winning a match but you get Greens for any stanza you win which usually means you get something even when you lose a match.
Double elimination: you are guaranteed two matches and you can get to the final even if you lose one match.
Click here for details.
The Cambria Cup is now a double elimination mixed pivot aggregate knockout (similar to the Hubert Phillips) leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
There has to be at least one woman and one man playing and they play one-third of the boards with each other team member.
Bronze Medal for English Juniors
MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT
THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!
(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)
WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!
EBU 6 Jun 2019
During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.
If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am
Link to the full show
21 Feb 2019
John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.
John, who has won the competition on six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699.
John also topped the Gold Point list.
CLUB CHAMPION 2019
"She's done it again!"
Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2019 Club Champion.
This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2018 and May 2019.
Well Done Eve!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Cheadle Royal Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
September 2019 until the end of December 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the January 2014 duplicates
1 Raising responder or bidding a new suit
Board 20 Thursday 23 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
In the Swiss Pairs not a single pair managed to reach the best contract of 5 Clubs. Several ended in 4 Hearts which is a very precarious contract and although makeable on the above layout would frequently go down if the Ace of Hearts was in the four card trump holding and not the doubleton.
West opens 1 Diamond and East responds 1 Heart. As West has a minimum hand he must raise Hearts immediately to 2 Hearts. This is because if he instead bids 2 Clubs and partner now bids either 2NT or 3 Clubs then he would like to then bid 3 Hearts at his third bid. However you cannot follow such a course of action because TO BID TWO SUITS AND THEN SHOW DELAYED SUPPORT FOR RESPONDER’S FIRST SUIT SHOWS A GOOD HAND.
After a 2 Heart rebid by opener responder should then try for game by bidding 2NT showing a balanced hand with only four cards in Hearts. Now West is able to bid 3 Clubs at his third bid. This logically shows a weak 1=3=5=4 hand whereas if he were stronger he would have bid 2 Clubs immediately. East can now go straight to game in Clubs as he knows that with nothing wasted in Spades (three small opposite a singleton is good) then game must be a near certainty.
This may be put down in the form of a rule:-
When holding a 1=3=5=4 distribution if partner responds 1 Heart or 3=1=5=4 if partner responds 1 Spade then as opener you must raise the major suit immediately if you are in the range 11 to 14 points. If you are 16+ you can bid 2 Clubs and then subsequently support the Major. You will note that if you have 15 points you will have to use your judgement as to whether to follow the conservative or more aggressive action.
The above Tip is similar to Tip 2 from August 2012 although that was concerned with how to re-bid when holding 4=3=5=1 or 4=3=1=5 distribution after partner responded 1 Heart to a 1 Minor opening.
The odds of 5 Clubs making are exceptionally good. The contract will make if either:-
1 The Clubs break 3-2 = 68 per cent
2 If the Clubs are 4-1 then Declarer will need Diamonds 3-3. The play would be for the second round of Spades to be trumped followed by a low Diamond to the Queen. The third round of Spades is then trumped and trumps drawn. If a 4-1 break comes to light then there is no chance of enjoying any Heart tricks and that is why the Diamond break is then essential. The probability of (2) is 4-1 trump break x 3-3 break in Diamonds ie 28 per cent x 36 per cent = 10 per cent.
Total probability of 5 Clubs making = (1) plus (2) = 78 per cent.
2 Trial Bid for Slam
Board 17 Tuesday 28 January – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
1 Although East has game in his own hand better than 2 Clubs
2 Trial bid
Although East is close to game in his own hand and could open 2 Clubs experience tells that with such a powerful three suiter that it is better to open at the one level and hope that the bidding does not end there. West has a choice between 1NT and 2 Spades but the latter is clearly preferable with three good trumps and a doubleton Club.
East could now make a wild jump to slam but if we swop West’s red suits round giving him KJxx in Hearts and J9xx in Diamonds (since East has the Queen) then this would not be a sensible choice. Instead he should make a trial bid. A trial bid is a bid in a new suit showing a minimum of three cards and the message behind the trial bid is that responder needs to have help in the trial bid suit either high honours or a shortage to accept. In most situations a trial bid is simply for game but here East’s trial bid is for slam.
West is happy to accept the trial bid but rather than make a lazy jump to 4 Spades the most descriptive choice is to bid 4 Diamonds which says to partner “I have a maximum with a top Diamond honour”. This is all the encouragement which East needs to jump to Slam. Note that East does not need to ask for the Queen of trumps since it is likely that responder will either have four trumps in which case there is a 10 card fit or otherwise the Queen in a three card holding to accept the trial bid in such an encouraging way.
The play is fairly straightforward. A Heart lead is ruffed and a low Spade to the Queen follows disclosing the four nil break. A losing Club finesse is then taken at trick three. A Club is returned and the third round of Clubs is then ruffed in the Dummy (South may ruff in front of the Dummy but this will make no difference). Assuming that South does not do so then at trick six the Jack of Spades is cashed and at trick seven a second Heart is ruffed and the remaining trumps drawn. Result +980.
3 Embarrassing Loss
Board 1 Wednesday 29 January – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
It was very amusing to look at the score sheet for this board. Only one pair out of nine reached the correct contract of 6 Diamonds which was a trivial make losing only to the Ace of trumps. Four pairs reached 6NT three of them played by North! Those Norths must have opened 2NT despite this being a wholly inappropriate choice with the hand being so lopsided with eighteen of the twenty points in the two long suits. A Spade lead defeated this inelegant contract by several tricks.
The correct auction is:-
After a more sensible opening of 1 Heart South bids 2 Diamonds. North makes a high level reverse of 3 Clubs which is forcing to game and usually showing at least 16 points. South should rebid 3 Diamonds which denies three card Heart support and implies a very strong six or seven card suit.
North now has to decide what to say over 3 Diamonds. As he has already shown his 5-4 shape in the rounded suits and as he does not have a Spade stop the best bid is to raise to 4 Diamonds setting Diamonds as trumps. Now South cue bids a control in Spades allowing North to use RKCB. South owns up to two keycards and the Queen of trumps and North signs off in 6 Diamonds.